The Schubert Ensemble of London: William Howard (piano), Mayumi Seiler (violin), Douglas Paterson (viola), Jane Salmon (cello) & Peter Buckoke (double bass)
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Erno” Dohnányi is the least celebrated of the seminal triumvirate of twentieth-century Hungarian composers; Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók have become household names, yet Dohnányi’s posthumous fame hangs upon an unrepresentative handful of compositions. This recording brings together three of his finest chamber works; the two masterful yet hugely contrasting Piano Quintets, and his remarkable essay in that most underutilized of instrumental genres, the string trio.
The Serenade in C for string trio falls within the direct lineage of models in the genre by Mozart and Beethoven, yet proves a decisive watershed for Dohnányi himself, fully articulating his nationally infused mature style for the first time. The Piano Quintets reflect an enduring and deep-rooted regard for both Brahms and Schumann, and even Mendelssohn.
“Fresh, vital and spirited performances”
“Soaring performances … a stunning recording … this disc is easily recommended”
“This excellent group plays with calm confidence throughout and features some notably silvery violin tone. A delightful disc”
“A clear three-star recommendation”
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